First quarterly UTRC meetings in 6 districts

First quarterly UTRC meetings in 6 districts
Members of Wokha DLSA along with the police personnel.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/1/2021 1:04:08 PM IST

1st Quarterly under Trial Review Committee (UTRC) meeting under the aegis of the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) was conducted in six districts: Dimapur; Kohima; Mokokchung; Phek; Wokha and Zunheboto in the month of March during which, a total of eight Under Trail Prisoners (UTPs) or convicts were identified for consideration by UTRC.

In a press release, NSLSA public relations officer, Ketholeno Neihu stated that four UTPs were released on the recommendation of the committee and one accused was identified for providing legal aid. 

UTRC was chaired by district & sessions judge cum DLSA chairperson consisting of DLSA Secretary or district magistrate, superintendent of police, jail superintendent and officer from deputy commissioner and panel lawyer from DLSA reviewing status and details of UTPs/convicts list lodged in jails under their DLSA and deliberated on those eligible for recommendation and release. 

As on the month of March, including jails in Dimapur (central & district jail), Kohima, Mokokchung (& Longleng), Phek, Wokha and Zunheboto there were 224 UTPs and 81 convicts.

While Wokha and Zunheboto districts did not recommend any UTP/convicts for consideration by UTRC for bail/ release, it observed that none of the accused or convicts were eligible for release on the ground that none of the jailers were in requirement of immediate medical attention or whose mandatory period has expired. 

In Dimapur, one UTP sick or infirm and required specialised medical treatment was identified however recommendation was not made for release. 

Under Phek district jail, last meeting minutes were reviewed. Three UTPs were identified for release and bail was granted however no sureties were furnished.

The meeting further observed that there were no separate/cells for convicts and UTPs. It also discussed for proper and effective investigation through crime conference and whenever possible.

In Mokokchung, the committee identified two accused under section 436 Cr. Pc and were recommended for release.

Accordingly, they were released on bail bond. Also two accused who had been earlier released on bail but unable to furnish bail bond were also released on PR bond. One accused was identified for providing legal aid.

Under Kohima district jail, one UTP was released on bail by the court but was not able to furnish sureties and another UTP on compoundable offences were identified for consideration by UTRC and was further moved for recommendation.

The committee stated that UTPs recommended in the previous sittings were not present in the present sitting.

It also discussed issues regarding UTP cell at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima. 

UTRC takes up cases of UTPs/ convicts under Section under 436A Cr.PC, UTPs released on bail but unable to furnish sureties, accused on compoundable offences, UTPs eligible under Section 436 A of CrPC, offences not more than 2 years imprisonment, or convicts who have undergone sentences or are entitled to release for remission granted or are eligible for bail, sick or infirm, women offenders, first time offenders between the ages 19-21, unsound mind among others. 

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